In brief

German ministers propose easing deportations of foreign convicts

Merkel condemns ″murderous″ Istanbul attack as 8 German citizens die

Evacuation talks under way for besieged Syria town

Saudi Arabia not seeking escalation

Syria rebels say "international pressure" will prolong crisis

Indonesia's Muslim women hail female-only motorbike taxis

Charlie Hebdo's anti-God cover is unfair, says Vatican paper

Indonesia turns to China as ethnic Uighurs join would-be jihadists

Bangladesh upholds death sentence for top Islamist leader

Islamic State threatens to destroy Saudi prisons after executions

One dead as Saudi police attacked in executed cleric's hometown

U.S. urges diplomatic engagement and calm after Saudi Arabia cuts Iran ties

IS threatens Britain in new executions video

200 protest in Istanbul over curfews in mainly Kurdish areas

Syrian rebel group backs Saudi move to cut ties with Iran

Case-by-case reviews return for all refugees to Germany

Al-Shabab claims responsibility for suicide bombing in popular Mogadishu restaurant

Saudi-led coalition ends Yemen truce

Iraq's top Shia cleric Sistani condemns Nimr execution as "unjust aggression"

Iran's Rouhani says it's up to Muslims to correct Islam's image

Pakistan Taliban reject Islamic State leader's claim to be ″caliph″

Tourism in Christ's birthplace down ahead of Christmas

Extremist leader wants ban on "vampire" Christmas celebrations in Israel

Christmas biscuit bake-in with Muslim refugees in Dresden

Some heed Pope Francis's call to succour refugees while others look away

Qatar's channel to militants possibly dangerous, possibly useful

Arab League backs UN plan to end Syria war

Pakistan confused at inclusion in Saudi-led anti-terrorism coalition

Jailed Saudi blogger honoured with top EU rights prize

Smuggled Syria photos ″damning evidence″ of crimes against humanity: HRW

Saudi Arabia forms Islamic military coalition

US plumber sues after truck shown with Syria militants

Indonesia confronts extremists with own brand of Islam

Malala condemns Trump's ″ideology of hatred″

On rainy Scottish isle, Syrians struggle to adapt

Australian teenager pleads guilty to a ″terrorism″ charge

Music video lambasts recruitment of Palestinians to Israel's army

Pakistan defiant one year after Taliban school massacre

Militant Sunni group claims deadly Pakistan market blast

Egypt author says authorities pressed venue to ban gathering

Pakistan religious school distances itself from California shooter

Pen-selling refugee finds success in Beirut

Over 35,000 Britons petition to ban Trump from UK after ″Muslim ban″ comments

UAE's Landmark Group dumps Trump products over Muslim ban call

French parties scramble to halt rise of far-right National Front

"You ain't no Muslim, bruv": Britons defiant over "terrorist" knife attack

Syrian opposition to meet next week in Riyadh

Mystery surrounds fate of ″injured″ Afghan Taliban chief

Syrian refugees recount migration through theatre - and look to Europe

Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" interrupts German right-wingers' demo in Mainz

Pakistani couple jailed in Germany for ″honour killing″

Statue of Liberty inspired by Arab woman

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